Category Archives: church leadership

May they be one as you, Father, and I are one: overcoming segregation in the church

God is using the changes in our parish to make us read the scriptures from a fresh perspective.  In the space of ten or fifteen years, people from all over the world have moved into our small, once settled community.  … Continue reading

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Advent according to Revelation chapter 6

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign … Continue reading

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Countering liberal mottos with “Radical agreement” and “Good inclusion”.

Just do it. I’m loving it. Finger lickin’ good. Have a break… Eat fresh. Every little helps. Probably the best beer in the world. Everyone knows the power of a slogan to capture the imagination and influence the crowds. Many … Continue reading

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How “good disagreement” and “radical inclusion” are close cousins of incipient secularism.

I was recently asked to complete a survey about how seriously my son’s school takes character development. The survey was fascinating, because it imagined a very different kind of education to our current secular model with its results-based obsession. Survey … Continue reading

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Richard Baxter on the oversight of the flock.

Richard Baxter ministered in Kidderminster in the mid to late 17th century and his model of oversight of the flock is as relevant today as it was then. The size, mobility and diversity of parishes has changed dramatically, requiring a … Continue reading

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Richard Baxter on weakness in ministry.

Christian ministry is a high calling and demands on ministers can cause us to weaken. Richard Baxter cautions ministers against relying on the work of the Holy Spirit alone to strengthen us. God has given us the use of means … Continue reading

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Reformed Pastor: take oversight of ourselves

Christian ministry is demanding. There are as many needs as there are people in a parish, and most people have more than one need. Church ministries need to be organised and the more we do the more organisation is required. … Continue reading

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